Travel restrictions

Canada

Summary

The Government of Canada has issued an official global travel advisory to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.

Canadian citizens who live in Canada should return to the country as soon as possible. They should attempt to arrange their return home on a commercial airline that’s still available.

However, Canadians who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 may only enter Canada by land, rail, or sea. They may not enter Canada by air.

Canadians who currently don’t have the funds to return home may apply for an emergency repayable loan through the newly created COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad. Contact the nearest Government of Canada office or Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Center in Ottawa at +1 613-996-8885 (call collect where available) or CAN.finances.CV19@international.gc.ca.

The Government of Canada has also issued an emergency order under the Quarantine Act that applies to all travelers arriving in Canada. See the quarantine section below for more information.

Canadians who wish to travel within Canada are currently not blocked from doing so, but will be subject to a health check prior to boarding. Those with symptoms of COVID-19 and those who have been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to a medical reason related to COVID-19 may not board.

Travelers arriving from outside Canada and are deemed safe to fly may board their connecting flights, but must go directly to their place of self-isolation for 14 days upon arrival.

Borders

The land border between Canada and the United States is closed for all non-essential travel.

Canada is currently blocking the entry of all non-citizens and non-permanent residents, except for immediate family members of Canadians, diplomats, airline crews, and US citizens who commute daily between the two countries for work.

Travelers entering Canada by air or by land must provide information on their traveler contact form, which is available through the ArriveCAN mobile app, and must undergo screening by a border services or quarantine officer to assess symptoms.

Travelers who exhibit symptoms will be prohibited from boarding planes that are destined for Canada until they have waited for a period of 14 days or can present a medical certificate that confirms that they do not have COVID-19. Travelers who have been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to medical reasons related to COVID-19 may not enter the country.

Exemptions

Immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, diplomats, airline crews, and US citizens who commute daily between the US and Canada for work are exempt, and will still be able to enter Canada if they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.

As of June 8, foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and who do not have COVID-19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or who do not have reason to believe they have COVID-19, will be exempt from the prohibition on entry to Canada if entering to be with an immediate family member for a period of at least 15 days.

In order to sustain the continued movement of goods and people for essential services, healthy workers in trade and transportation, including truck drivers and crew, and healthy workers in health care and infrastructure, are exempt from the request to self-isolate for 14 days upon entering the country.

However, workers in these sectors should still practice social distancing, monitor their health, and self-isolate should they exhibit any symptoms.

Quarantine policy

The Government of Canada is enforcing the Quarantine Act and requiring all arriving travelers to inspect whether they have a cough, fever, or difficulty breathing, acknowledge that they must self-isolate upon arrival, and follow their obligations under the emergency order. Violating any of these instructions upon entering the country could lead up to 6 months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines. Any person who causes risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while wilfully or recklessly contravening this act or the regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $1,000,000, imprisonment of up to 3 years, or both.

Travelers arriving in Canada with or without symptoms are subject to mandatory isolation for 14 days. Immediate medical attention will be provided if necessary when they arrive. Learn more about the best ways to undergo isolation here. Those who have symptoms but do not have a place to isolate will be required to isolate for 14 days in a facility designated by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.

State regulations

All the country’s top public health officials have urged Canadians to avoid going out unless absolutely necessary for grocery runs, exercise, or medical emergencies.

Grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, restaurants offering takeout and delivery, some restaurants offering dine-in service, banks, laundromats, and dry cleaners are open. See this summary for detailed information about every province.

All air travelers must wear masks or face coverings except for children under two years old, people who have trouble breathing, and people who can't remove their masks without help. Operators of other federally regulated transportation methods may also require masks.

Formal restrictions on gathering in public vary between provinces, as follows:
Alberta
Public gatherings are restricted to 50 people or fewer indoors, and 100 or fewer outdoors.
British Columbia
Public gatherings are restricted to 50 people or fewer.
Manitoba
Public gatherings are restricted to 30% of a venue's capacity, as long as people can be split into groups of 50 indoors or 100 outdoors.
New Brunswick
Public gatherings are restricted to 10 or fewer people indoors, and 50 or fewer outdoors.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Public gatherings are restricted to 20 or fewer people. Household “double bubbles” are allowed.
Northwest Territories
Public gatherings are restricted to 25 people or fewer outdoors, with physical distancing. Households can have five people over (to a maximum of 10 people in the home).
Nova Scotia
Public gatherings are restricted to 10 or fewer people.
Nunavut
Public gatherings are limited to 25 or fewer people outdoors.
Ontario
Public gatherings are restricted to 10 or fewer people. People can form "social circles" of up to 10 people that they can visit freely, but should not join more than one circle at a time.
Prince Edward Island
Public gatherings are limited to 20 or fewer people outdoors and 15 or fewer indoors, with physical distancing.
Quebec
Public gatherings are restricted to 50 people or fewer outdoors, and 10 or fewer indoors, with no more than three households at any one indoor gathering. Some venues like restaurants and theatres can have 50 people at a time with social distancing in place.
Saskatchewan
Public gatherings are restricted to 30 or fewer people indoors and outdoors, with exceptions for church services, weddings, funerals, and graduations, which include different capacity rules.
Yukon
Public gatherings are restricted to 10 or fewer people. Household “double bubbles” are allowed.
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Embassy and consulate contact information
Phone number: +1 613-688-5335

Quick answers

Yes – Canada has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have COVID-19 symptoms may only enter by land, rail, or sea, and not by air. More
No – there are no nationwide travel restrictions within Canada, but all travelers will be subject to a health check prior to boarding. Those with symptoms of COVID-19 and those who have been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to a medical reason related to COVID-19 may not board. More
Yes – the land border between Canada and the US is closed to all nonessential visitors. More
Only Toronto Pearson (YYZ), Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau (YUL), Calgary International Airport (YYC), and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) are operating international flights. Flights from the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and St. Pierre-et-Miquelon are exempt from this rule. Domestic flights are operating normally. More
Yes – Canada is enforcing the Quarantine Act, which requires all arriving travelers to inspect for symptoms of illness, self-isolate upon arrival, and follow other obligations stated in the emergency order. Travelers arriving in Canada with symptoms are subject to mandatory isolation for 14 days. Travelers arriving in Canada without symptoms are subject to mandatory quarantine for 14 days. More
Yes – all 13 provinces and territories have some form of regulation on public gatherings. All the country’s top public health officials have urged Canadians to avoid going out unless absolutely necessary for grocery runs, exercise, or medical emergencies. More
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